• WordNet 3.6
    • n glossiness the property of being smooth and shiny
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Since housecats are clean and their coats are dry and glossy, their fur easily becomes charged with electricity. Sparks can be seen if their fur is rubbed in the dark.
    • n Glossiness The condition or quality of being glossy; the luster or brightness of a smooth surface.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n glossiness The quality of being glossy; the luster or brightness of a smooth surface.
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  • Caroline Sheridan Norton
    Caroline Sheridan Norton
    “My beautiful, my beautiful! That standest meekly by, with thy proudly-arched and glossy neck, and dark and fiery eye!”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “I... chose my wife as she did her wedding-gown, not for a fine glossy surface, but such qualities as would wear well.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Glossy


In literature:

His eyes were glossy and sunken, and seemed in part to have lost the power of gazing.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
A vine with handsome glossy leaves reached an inviting cluster toward passers-by.
"Ethel Morton's Enterprise" by Mabell S.C. Smith
Their plumage was perfectly black and glossy, except the extremity of the wings, which was white.
"The Swiss Family Robinson; or Adventures in a Desert Island" by Johann David Wyss
She had glossy black hair and was a little short.
"Slave Narratives: Arkansas Narratives" by Work Projects Administration
Upper parts shining blue-black, not quite so glossy on the wings and forked tail.
"Citizen Bird" by Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
I walk round the borders, which are all full of the little glossy spikes of snowdrops pushing up, struggling through the crusted earth.
"The Silent Isle" by Arthur Christopher Benson
Clara's work about this time was ever so Glossy.
"More Fables" by George Ade
To Her their various Shapes, and glossy Hue, Their curious Symmetry they owe to You.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
Their hair was fine and glossy for men of their race; and, stranger still, it bore an appearance of careful combing.
"Overland" by John William De Forest
The finest of these is a Pupina, the giant of its race, of a glossy reddish pink colour with red mouth.
"Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1." by John MacGillivray

In poetry:

But when her baby fingers pull
This glossy, sleek, and silky treasure,
My cup of happiness is full -
I fairly glow with pride and pleasure!
"Beard And Baby" by Eugene Field
There still the morning zephyrs play,
And there at times the spring bird sings,
And mossy trunk and fading spray
Are flowered with glossy wings.
"My Thanks," by John Greenleaf Whittier
He to the lion's whelps gives food —
To each fierce rambler of the wild —
To the black raven's glossy brood —
And shall He not to ev'ry child?
"Concerning The Divine Providence" by Rees Prichard
The year laughs out for very joy,
Its silver treble echoing
Like a sweet anthem through the woods,
Till mellowed by the solitudes
It folds its glossy wing.
"Harvest Hymn" by Charles Sangster
The leaf is smooth. Its green is innocence.
A clean, unblemished leaf, glossy when young.
A leaf the unobserving might overlook
And the observing find too prosperous.
"Encounter" by Robert Francis
And thou wert once a maiden fair,
A blushing virgin warm and young:
With myrtles wreathed in golden hair,
And glossy brow that knew no care—
Upon a bridegroom's arm you hung.
"On A Very Old Woman" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

No clichés or glossy photos here.
Mrs Bush said her thoughts are with the men and women serving their country overseas, but there is no sense of a country at war in these warm, glossy images.
Those glossy maps of Brentwood area produce stands that have been a mainstay of the U-pick season may be replaced in the next few years with a handy mobile application for smartphones.
At this San Francisco-based program, movement, theater, and glossy publications are all part of learning to read and write.
Illustrious style glossy features the swimsuit model in a seven-page designer sportswear spread.
Here are some Glossy highlights.
The rear of the stone from the Tissint Martian meteorite is almost completely covered with a glossy black fusion crust.
The stone has a glossy black fusion crust.
It has a glossy mirrored finish, which is offset by the chrome metal trim.
Conde Nast Portfolio, the very big and glossy bet on a monthly business magazine made by the very big and glossy magazine company touted in its title, was shuttered today.
More scenes of New Orleans life after Katrina comes to the nation by way of the glossy pages/slick website of GQ magazine.
Alberto Meda and Paolo Rizzatto's Otto Watt task lamp in die-cast aluminum with glossy white finish by Luceplan, 212-966-1399.
When's the last time you actually held a 4x6 glossy in your hand, though.
Add a quarter-size amount of shine serum all over to make your hair look glossy.
Gaga also shared the second print ad, where she was poured into a glossy, second-skin, black catsuit, earlier this week.